How was Miami off my travel radar for so long?
I recently visited and I’m sort of amazed by it now. Not only do you get a little bit of Cuba without leaving the States, but you get Haiti, Dominican Republic, Brazil, and lots of exciting other countries as well. You don’t need a passport. There’s no need to change money. You feel like you’re in a foreign country. I loved the international aspect of it and the fact that everyone in South Beach just assumes that you speak Spanish. I have to admit I stammered through the first couple Spanish conversation encounters, but after a mojito, I was practically FLUENT.
3 relaxing days were spent doing my favorite things- reading by the pool, sampling local food, admiring sights (and people), and soaking in the chill out vibe. Notable favorites from the trip include the mojitos and prosciutto melon plate from Tapas and Tinto, Argentine steakhouse Baires Grill, a Cuban breakfast from the landmark Versailles restaurant in Little Havana, the chic grounds at the Delano Hotel, the beach, and all those sneaky GATORS in the Everglades, of course.
Miami Budget Tips
- Want to save a little bit of money? Skip the taxi from the airport to your hotel and hop on local bus Airport Flyer instead. It only takes about 20 minutes, and it’s cheap.
- You don’t need to shell out big bucks at a pricey South Beach hotel to enjoy the relaxed vibe. All the ritzy hotels feature restaurants, pool, and lounge areas where you can easily blend in. Of course, you’ll need to order food or a drink, but then you’re welcome to hang out.
- I recommend steering clear of the restaurants lining South Beach. Their the best for people watching, but the food is pretty disappointing. Explore some of the side streets for great finds.